Long John Hunter
b. John Thurman Hunter, 13 July 1931, Ringold, Louisiana, USA. The son of a sharecropper, Hunter was raised on a farm in Magnolia, Arkansas. Until his mid-20s, he heard little else but country music, only hearing blues after moving to Beaumont, Texas, to work in a box factory. Attending a B.B. King gig, he was inspired to try his own hand at playing the guiitar after witnessing its effect on women. From 1955, he spent three years in Houston, having one record, Crazy Girl, released on Duke. On August 7 1957, he moved with his band, The Hollywood Bearcats, to El Paso. Soon after his arrival, he was engaged to play the Lobby Club, a gig he held for more than a decade. Between 1961 and 1971, he made four rock-oriented singles, including El Paso Rock and The Scratch, for Yucca Records in Alamogordo, New Mexico. These and other titles were issued on album in 1986. A year earlier, he'd cut his first album, SMOOTH MAGIC, for the Boss label. His second album, RIDE WITH ME, was recorded in Austin in 1992 with Texas veterans, T.D. Bell and Erbie Bowser, and the Antones rhythm section. Hunter's lean guitar style and characterful voice indicate there's more to Texas blues than Albert Collins.
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